Do you find yourself counting the pennies each month? Well, luckily, help is at hand.
There are lots of ways you can save money in which you might not have known about.
Free school meals
Your child or children could be entitled to free school meals.
Phone: 0191 427 7000
Visit: School meals
Buy recycled electrical goods
Do you need a household electrical item, which has been recycled and is safe? The Windmill Warehouse shop at the Recycling Village is open to the public selling reconditioned washing machines, fridges, freezers and cookers.
Phone: 0191 455 5517
Visit: Best shop
Warm Zone - cut your fuel bills
If you are over 60 or have children at home under 16 years of age or suffer from a long term health problem, disability or illness or are in receipt of income related benefits you may qualify for help and support from South Tyneside Warm Zone.
Phone: 0191 424 7914
Get Active membership
Get Active Membership gives you discounts on most activities and facilities at Temple Park Centre, Hebburn Swimming Pool and Monkton Stadium.
If you a senior citizen, full-time student, registered disabled or unemployed claiming certain benefits, then you could be eligible for Get Active Plus Membership.
By joining this scheme you will be entitled to greater discounts at specific times in addition to the benefits of the Get Active Membership.
Get Active Plus rates apply during off peak times - weekdays up until 4pm and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Children and young people under 16 and adults 60 and over will be able to swim for free at many public sessions at Hebburn Swimming Pool and Temple Park Centre in South Shields, provided they have a free 'Get Active' membership card.
Phone: 0191 456 9119
Visit: Get Active membership
Cut your food bills and save money
For advice about cutting out waste and saving money on your food bill, visit the lovefoodhatewaste website.
The Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation that provides free impartial advice tailored to suit you.
Their advice can help you save money and fight climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from your home.
You can call the network of advice centres that provide free, independent and local energy saving advice to householders on 0800 512 012 or visit the Energy Saving Trust website website.
Stop smoking, improve your health and save money
There is a Stop Smoking Service in South Tyneside, which will support you as you stop smoking. An average 20-a-day smoker could save around £2000 per year by stopping smoking, not to mention the improvements to your health.
Visit the smokefree website, contact freephone 0800 531 6317, ask your GP practice or ask at your local pharmacy.